What do you get when you mix three bad ass vixens with the Kraken? Why, the latest from our pals at Breaking Glass Pictures, El Monstro Del Mar! of course! Monstro (as I will refer to it as from here on out) is a throwback to the creature features of old, and comes from a land “Down Under” by newcomer Stuart Simpson.
Monstro opens with Beretta, Blondie, and Snowball stranded along the side of the road in nowhere Australia. Eventually two fine gentlemen stop to give the ladies some assistance, only to meet the sharp end of their knives. After a quick cleanup, our vixens head to an ocean-side shack where they are gonna lay low for a little while. Of course the first thing you should do is take a little swim in the ocean, and that’s when we meet Hannah and her “crazy” grandfather Joseph who screams at the ladies to get out of the water! The local legend is that the Kraken lives nearby and anyone in the water will awaken it. Obviously, the legend turns out to be fact and we have a battle for the ages!
OK, that may be a bit strong, but Monstro is a lot of fun. Sometimes, there’s nothing I like more than shutting off the old noodle and watching some mindless fun, and Monstro definitely delivers. The opening sequence, which was shot in black and white before the blood splashes on the screen, was phenomenal! It felt like I was watching one of my personal favorites, Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! All of the effects in the film seemed practical, and gave me that warm feeling of watching the pre-CGI movies that I adore. I also must mention that this is the first I’ve seen or heard from writer/director Stuart Simpson, but I truly hope to see more in the future.
A few minor complaints for the movie fan in me. I wish a little more back story for our gang of killers would’ve been flushed out. There are a handful of quick flashback scenes, but not a lot of holes are filled in by the scenes. Also, for only running 72 minutes, it feels like the middle of the movie drags a bit between the awesome opening and the great vixen vs monster fight at the end. A little more could have been added to the other townsfolk encounters with the monster,but perhaps budget issues caused the effects to all go to the ending. My own personal complaint to Breaking Glass is where is the blu-ray? I would love to add this to my high def collection, but still only select films get the preferential treatment.
All issues aside, Monstro is a really fun time! Fans of creature features will hopefully have a great time with this movie. I’d say it’s definitely one of the best monster movies since The Host. Recommended.